Top 5 Tips for New Game Developers

Posted on November 3, 2014  Leave a Comment

 

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Making games is a hobby that mixes the technical, with the creative, with the potentially professionally rewarding. You can make games provides some great tips:

THE 5 NEWBIE TIPS
Let me give you a few key pieces of advice to help you get started:

TIP #1 Don’t waste money

Don’t go out looking for software and books to buy, thinking that the more stuff you buy the better equipped you’ll be to make games. All the software and information you’re going to need to make games is available on the internet for free. You don’t need to spend any money – it won’t give you a leg up. All you need is self-motivation, and money can’t buy you that.

TIP #2 Don’t form teams

This seems an obvious thing to do and it’s a path universities will certainly push you towards. A lot of people get into the mentality that you need a coder, an artist, a musician and a designer. However, if you want to get started making games, you should start with something that plays to your strengths and doesn’t require a whole team. Sure, if you’ve got a close mate you want to work with that’s great – but don’t go on a recruitment drive. There are ways to cover for all the skills you’re lacking. That way you can start learning how to make games before you have to deal with how much of a bitch team management can be.

TIP #3 Tiny scope

When you’re starting out, try to focus on the simplest game idea you can come up with. A single idea, a single gameplay mechanic you want to play with or a single scene between a few characters. You need to be at your most humble and find the most basic idea that you can still get excited about experimenting with. Don’t try to make the next World of Warcraft or Call of Duty. You need to forget about that epic project you’ve been mulling over for years. If you’re making a high budget gambling game, think again. Concentrate on something else and users will try to beat the dealer at Paddy Power live casino online instead. Let them, you didn’t need people who would only go to high budget games anyway. I’m sure you’ve got a masterpiece brewing in your head, but trying to make that right out of the gate will be a huge disaster. Even if you finished it, which you probably wouldn’t, it would be a mess. You need to come back to that later, once you’ve got some experience and have a better idea what you’re doing.

TIP #4 They’re not all Braid

Don’t feel under pressure to make your first game into an amazingly original, clever, quirky breakthrough in video game design, or something that nobody has ever seen before. You can just pick a game genre that you love and have a go at it. Whatever you make will be infused with your own style from how you interpret that genre – and that’s enough. Agonising over the first step because of the belief that it has to be brilliant can stop you from ever making anything.

TIP #5 Ditch the design document

You don’t need a 20 page epic bible all about how your game is going to work. I believe the best approach is almost always to try and get something playable in a rough form as quickly as you possibly can. Once you can start playing your game and experimenting with how you can change it you are going to find a lot more ideas begin to flow. They’ll be better ideas than you’ll come up with staring a word processor trying to imagine in your head how the game will play.

Iterating over your game through lots of different builds where you play with ideas and find out what does and doesn’t work for you is going to teach you more about game design than any well formatted design document, any number of lectures or books you can read on the subject. In fact, let me give you the single most important lesson in game design you will ever hear:

GAME DESIGN 101
1. There are no rules to game design!

It’s definitely worth reading up online to see what other people have to say about game design. There are a lot of forums, articles and video lectures on the topic and understanding what people have to say and why they’ve come to their opinions on the topic is helpful in understanding what’s important to you. However you shouldn’t get it into your head there are universal principles you need to follow. Even for some of the most basic design rules (games should be fun, accessible, completable or fair) I’ve always found games that break that rule and are still amazing works.

I feel the most important thing about making games is that they’re a way to express yourself to an audience. If you can learn to ignore the advice you don’t agree with and embrace what appeals to you then you’re going to be able to find your own voice and the games you make will be distinctly yours. Don’t make what other people might want or expect you to make, make something for yourself. If you fail… who cares? At least you tried to do something you wanted.

My advice is no exception to this. They say all advice is autobiographical. The stuff I’m telling you are the things I wish someone had told me back when I was getting started. It would have saved me years I threw away on dead end projects. If you want to ignore what I’ve said and go your own path then good on ya’! I wish you all the best and hope you can succeed where I failed many times.

 

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3 Super Hard to Play Classical Piano Pieces

Posted on March 1, 2014  Leave a Comment

Everyone knows what a great piano piece sounds like. There are like thousands of awesome pieces we’ve heard from famous classical pianists: Charles-Valentin Alkan, Martha Argeric, Maurice Ravel, just to name a few. These artists have been creating stunning classical pieces from the past centuries. They are such masters, they have also been creating notoriously difficult pieces that may be impossible to play for mere beginners or even experienced players. Here are three of those classical hard-to-play pieces:

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3 Piano Sonata No. 1 (Rachmaninoff)

After a numerous revisions and substantial cuts made at the advice of his colleagues, Sergei Rachmaninoff completed “A Piano Sonata in D minor” on April 11, 1908. It received a lukewarm response in Moscow on October 17, 1908, where Konstantin Igumnov premiered the piece. Itremains one of the more underperformed of Rachmaninoff’s works. The piece has 3 movements and takes about 35 minutes to perform. The sonata is structured like a typical classical sonata, with fast movements surrounding a slower, more tender second movement. Although this first sonata is a substantial and comprehensive work, its successor, Piano Sonata No. 2 (Op. 36), written only five years later, became the better-regarded and more enduring work.

 

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Transcendental Étude No. 5 (Liszt)

Franz Liszt, the composer of the Feux follets piece has went through three versions: The first is Étude en douze exercises from 1826, second is Douze études d’execution transcendentale from 1838, and the last one is the 1851 revision of the 1838 set. The difficult piece is the last version from 1851, and it is also the on that is most performed.It is a trimmed down and refined edit of the 1838 version. Its rapid double-note passages in the right hand accompanied by wide broken intervals in the left that are notoriously difficult to play.

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Gaspard de la nuit

And probably, one of the most hard-to-play classical piano piece is Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit. The piece was written in 1908, with three movements that are based from a poem of Aloysius Bertrand. Why it became number one on this list? Simply because the piece became famous due to its movement, technical and profound musical structure.

Many of these classical pieces are played by masters on expensive pianos that are top of the line. Playing classical pieces sound best when performing on Grand Pianos and players are often only as good as the pianos they use to play so often players will rely on piano rental rather than purchasing their own significantly expensive pianos. Leave your favorite hard-to-play piano piece in the comments.

The Top Four Most Interesting (and Expensive) Pianos in the world

Posted on November 22, 2013  Leave a Comment

Are you interested in learning about the world’s most interesting and expensive pianos? This list will give you just that. Let’s jump right in.

4. John Lennon’s Model Z


John Lennon’s Steinway Model Z

The Model Z piano was originally bought by The Beatles member, John Lennon, in December 1970. He composed and recorded one of his immortal classic “Imagine” and was filmed playing the song on it for the very first time for his wife. Though it was not as artistic-looking as some of the other pianos on this list, and for the fact that it was fairly ordinary (because it was actually made out of ordinary walnut); it still attained the stardom through Lennon’s popularity. The piano got some cigarette burns due to the singer’s smoking habit but that possibly only adds to the value. It was believed that this piano symbolized to be a piece of art in British History. The piano was then sold at an auction in the year 2000 for $ 2.1 Million by British Superstar George Michael.
But then as George finish using this precious piano to complete his album, he then came up to a thought of returning Lennon’s piano. Presently, Model Z piano can be seen at Liverpool Museum and displayed to public. As George Michael says, “the piano was not the type of thing that should be in storage somewhere or being protected, it should be seen by people.” Now the piano serves to be a historical landmark in the whole world.


3. Marilyn Monroe´s Piano


This piano originally belonged to Marilyn’s mother and maybe that’s why she had an impressive sentimental attachment to this instrument, her feelings were even expressed in a book published by the artist. The last owner of the piano was Mariah Carey, the singer bought it for a price of $662,500 USD, yes, and that’s a big price for a piano. Actually the estimated price of that piano is approximately $10,000 USD, but since one of the most famous movie stars, Marilyn Monroe, was the owner, the piano’s value increased tremendously.


2. Alma-Tadema Piano

 


Alma-Tadema Steinway

This piano is really expensive, its value is approximately 1.2 million USD, that price was given mainly because of its fine art decorations, elaborated by the famous artist Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema (now we know why its name). The Alma-Tadema is also very interesting because it has been named as the most artistic piano ever produced a total work of art. Incredibly, almost a century later a Steinway Piano Dealer Los Angeles completed an exacting re-creation of the original piano, being the most expensive and elaborated project they realize. The re-creation tried to represent identical features, due to it was made with a historical significance, recreating every aspect of the original piano as closely as possible. The re-created version is valuated to half price, $675,000 USD.


1. Heintzman Crystal Piano

 


Heintzman Piano

This is the most expensive and particular piano in the entire world, it’s made totally of crystal with futuristic features. This incredible piano was purchased by an anonymous buyer for 3.2 million USD. This crystal piano’s debut was in 2008 during the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing. The piano was played at the Opening Ceremony of the said Olympics by renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang, with a classical piece “Starlight”

Things You Didn’t Know People Do in Las Vegas [Infographic]

Posted on September 7, 2011  Leave a Comment

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Things you didn't know people do in Las Vegas

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WikiLeaks chief: Expect UFO talk in future files

Posted on December 5, 2010  Leave a Comment

WikiLeaks chief: Expect UFO talk in future files

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Friday that there were some references to UFOs in “yet-to-be-published” confidential files obtained from the U.S. government.

Asked if he has ever been forwarded documents dealing with UFOs or extraterrestrials, Assange responded, “Many weirdos e-mail us about UFOs or how they discovered that they were the anti-Christ whilst talking with their ex-wife at a garden party over a pot plant. However, as yet they have not satisfied two of our publishing rules: 1) that the documents not be self-authored; 2) that they be original.

“However, it is worth noting that in yet-to-be-published parts of the Cablegate archive, there are indeed references to UFOs.”

Bros Guide to Getting a Bro-job from a Slampiece

Posted on November 12, 2010  2 Comments

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Bros Guide to Getting a Bro-job from a Slampiece

Guys, you can back me up on this. Everybody loves a good beej occasionally… or more like every minute of every day. Of course, some of us don’t have enough Q factor to have a slampiece at our beckon call who’s BJ-ready. The fact is that most of us spend our precious time negging girls hardcore and working our Q, but they can’t even appreciate the our hard work by opening up and saying ah.

If the stars and the planets align and you find that, after hours of begging and pleading — even though you know they want it — you have a willing slampiece, then there are some rules you should abide to make sure this movie opens on multiple nights.

Be smart here and don’t ruin it for her. You’re already smarter than most bros because you’re reading this article. Good bros know that you gotta work out your mind just as much as you work your quads.

Here are a few things you shouldn’t do to not spoil it for a honey.

One: Know where to finish

No matter how many times you’ve watched There’s Something about Mary and think it’d be hilarious to give her a little bit of super-hold mousse, don’t ruin her hair. She probably paid like way too much money at the salon for that. She’ll be like super pissed cause you wasted her money. You’re not Ben Stiller dude.

Two: Don’t Switch-Up the Style!

Yeah, we’ve all got our signature move (the ladies need that personal touch), but I’ve seen way too many bros cash their check in when they start grabbing her head and thrusting it downward with the ferocity of Rainman trying to finish up before Wapner. Yeah, Rain Man was a pretty tight movie.

Three: Never Lose your Focus!

Yeah, so it’s totally pimp to watch TV or check your Facebook while your girl’s doing the do down below. Have you ever seen Swordfish, bro? Some guy got a beej while hacking into the government or something. That movie was tighter than a mother-eff.

Stay cool though. If you’re gonna be on the internet, this isn’t the time to be planting crops on your Farmville account. If you’re expecting it to happen again, you have to let her know you care. While she’s down there, you could post a <3 on her Facebook wall or something. Be creative. Four: Don’t be an Ingrate!

Guys, say thank you. Buy her a steak or something afterwards. Real men don’t pay, but even if you are paying for the job, be a gracious employer. If you make her feel like you didn’t appreciate all the hard work that she did working your hard, she might wanna file for worker’s comp or something.

That’s pretty much it. Follow those four steps and you should be good to go with getting daily do. Now find a slampiece of your own and start practicing.

The Myth Of Moore’s Law

Posted on November 8, 2010  Leave a Comment

The Myth Of Moore’s Law

One very good example of a reverse-engineered law (i.e. no law at all, but a presentation of what has happened) is the one called Moore’s Law. From the evolution of this law, one can see how this type of laws are created: they are basically continuously modified to fit what has happened in the past. So they have actually very little predictive power in the long run. I believe many laws in economics are just like this one, but let me concentrate on this, because this is way closer to my circle of competence and work.

I absolutely admire what Gordon Moore and Intel has done so this article is in no way meant as attack against them. I don’t know who have modified the law and when, but that does not matter in the end because the “law” now in circulation has very little to do with the original one.

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